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Fiery Chariot - by Michael Phillips
Elisha the Prophet - Part 3 of 17
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2 Kings 2:1-18
Dec 26, 2004 am - There once was a prophet in Israel whose name was Elijah. For twenty years, he served the Lord in circumstances both discouraging and dangerous. But now his work is over. He leaves Gilgal to see the young prophets of Bethel and wish them a fond farewell. As he readies to leave that place, he orders his servant Elisha to stay behind. But for the first time in his life, the man says no to his master: As the Lord lives and as your soul lives, I will not leave you. Elijah accepts the answer and moves on. He comes to Jericho, where other men are training for ministry. After wishing them well he turns to his servant and repeats the command: Stay here, the Lord has sent me on alone. But, Elisha is as pig-headed as Elijah: As the Lord lives and as your soul lives, I will not leave you. Elijah makes his way down to the Jordan River. Near the west bank he pleads with his servant one last time: Let me go on alone. But Elisha's in no mood for dickering: As the Lord lives and as your soul lives, I will not leave you. The prophet takes off his coat, rolls it up, and strikes the river. The waters part (as they had in the days of Joshua) and the two men walk across it on dry land. Elijah now ... More >>>


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